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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Donates Surveillance Cameras to City of Pittsburgh

April 18, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday said they have donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts surrounding the act of illegal dumping within the City limits. more»

Penn State welcomes groundwater experts for May 7 symposium

April 18, 2014

In observance of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the state Department of Environmental Protection are collaborating with numerous other sponsors to offer the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium.

Opinion: Corbett Plan For Drilling Good For State Parks, Forests

April 18, 2014

ByJohn C. Oliver III, Former Secretary, Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesandJames M. Seif, Former Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection more»

DEP Publishes Final Impaired Waters Assessment, Listing Methodology Policies

April 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 19 PA Bulletin of the final assessment and listing methodology for determining when waters are impaired under Sections 303(d) and 305(d) of the federal Clean Water Act and required for Pennsylvania’s more»

Susquehanna River Basin Commission May 8 Public Hearing On Water Withdrawals

April 18, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission holds a public hearing on water withdrawal requests on May 8 in Room 8E-B East Wing, Capitol Building, Harrisburg starting at 2:30. more»

DEP Publishes Final Community Environmental Projects Policy In PA Bulletin

April 18, 2014

The final version of DEP's Community Environmental Projects (CEP) Policy was published in the April 19 PA Bulletin. more»

Harrisburg’s Midtown Cinema Presents First EarthFest April 22

April 17, 2014

Midtown Cinema, located at 250 Reily Street in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, is producing the first annual EarthFest, 4-7 p.m. on April 22. In conjunction with environmental and civic organizations, Midtown Cinema is proud to present an afternoon of learning and fun for the whole family. more»

Anglers Have Successful Opening Day In Formerly AMD Plagued Watershed

April 17, 2014

For the second year in a row, anglers were able to fish for trout along the tributaries of Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek in Clearfield County. more»

Chatham University Workshops Seek To Advance Rainwater Catchment Systems

April 17, 2014

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is partnering with the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University to host an accredited workshop on May 8 and 9 at the University’s Eden Hall Campus, 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, Allegheny County.The two-day, AP-level workshop is an in-depth rainwater-harvesting course more»

Delaware River Source Water Collaborative Webinar May 8

April 17, 2014

It’s Drinking Water Week May 4-10 and the Delaware River Basin Source Water Collaborative is hosting a free webinar highlighting the USGS Water Census stud more»

York Water Company Joins The Partnership For Safe Water Treatment Program

April 17, 2014

The York Water Co. Water Plant in York County recently became the newest member of the Partnership for Safe Water Treatment Program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water. more»

PA Students Explore Local Waterways In CBF’s Susquehanna Watershed Ed Program

April 17, 2014

For the past 24 years, teams of Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators have taken to the Susquehanna River and more»

Environmental Justice Advisory Board Community Listening Session In Chester May 6

April 17, 2014

DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Board will hold a public listening session from 6-8 p.m., May 6 in Chester, Delaware County, to provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to give public comment on concerns and suggestions regarding environmental justice issues. more»

Cleanup At Site Of Massive Tire Pile Fire Almost Complete In Luzerne County

April 17, 2014

A $1 million cleanup of what was left after an arson fire torched 100,000 tires and burned for three days in 1991 in Luzerne County is nearly complete.DEP took over the cleanup of the site near the Coxton rail yards in Duryea that was once one of the largest tire piles in the state after the tire recycler went bankrupt following the fire. more»

University Of Pittsburgh $37.5M Investment In Sustainability Academics, Research

April 17, 2014

To mark the tenth anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and to build upon the ongoing philanthropy of two of Pitt's most generous donors, Pitt officials announced a new $37.5 million funding initiative comprising various endowments and current funds to support sustainability-related academics and res more»

April 17 DEP Newsletter Now Available

April 17, 2014

The April 17 issue of DEP’s newsletter is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

Kids can explore fascinating world of insects at Bug Camp

April 17, 2014

Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent. Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State's Bug Camp for Kids from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to 26.

PA Adds 28 Farms, Nearly 2,800 Acres To Preservation Program

April 17, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,778 additional acres on 28 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.The board preserved farms in Bedford, Bucks, Center, Chester, Cumberland, Erie, Lancaster, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.Since the program began in 1988, federal, s more»

Rep. Vitali Files 2 New Right-To-Know Requests On New Drilling In State Forests

April 17, 2014

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Thursday has filed two new Right-to-Know requests seeking information about Gov. more»

Deadline Extended For Trout Unlimited 2nd River Researchers Teen Camp June 22-28

April 17, 2014

The deadline for registering for the Trout Unlimited and West Branch Susquehanna River Coalition’s second River Researchers Teen Camp in Penfield, Clearfield County, has been extended to May 1. more»

Record Number Of Students Participate In Westmoreland Envirothon

April 17, 2014

An all-time record number of students – 95 from 9 area high schools – are moving into the final days of preparation for the annual Westmoreland County-wide environmental competition known as the Envirothon.This exciting academic event, which has been hosted by the Westmoreland Conservation District since 1986, will pit teams of ninth-to-twelfth grade students agains more»

Student Stories: Wildlife major helps with research on endangered prairie dogs

April 17, 2014

Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now

April 16, 2014

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.

DEP Releases 2014 Susquehanna River Sampling Plan

April 16, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday released a work plan outlining efforts to continue studying and sampling the Susquehanna River basin throughout 2014. more»

Friends Of The Wissahickon 90th Anniversary Forbidden 10K Race May 18

April 16, 2014

The Friends of the Wissahickon in Montgomery County is hosting a 10K race along Forbidden Drive in the northwest section of Philadelphia on May 18.The 10K, 6.2-mile loop course begins at 9 a.m. more»

'Leafy' plant-moisture sensor wins 2014 Ag Springboard student contest

April 16, 2014

A five-student team known as "Leafy," marketing a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves, won the $7,500 first-place prize April 10 in Ag Springboard 2014, a student business plan competition designed to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture.

DCNR Releases First Report On The Impacts Of Drilling In State Forest Lands

April 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wednesday released a copy of its first monitoring report on the impact of shale gas drilling in State Forests based on 15 different monitoring values developed by agency scientists with input from its advisory committees. more»

DEP Expects Next Act 54 Longwall Mining Impact Report Should Be Ready For Review In May

April 16, 2014

Joel Koricich, District Mining  Manager for DEP’s California Office, told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency’s next Act 54 longwall mining impact report should be available for review by Council in May.Koricich sai more»

DEP Will Not Finalize Chapter 78 Drilling Regulation Changes Until 2015

April 15, 2014

Hayley Book, Director of DEP’s Policy Office, told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency was not likely to finalize proposed changes to Chapter 78 drilling regulations until somet more»

Straight Talk: Article I, Section 27 PA Environmental Rights Amendment Court Decision

April 15, 2014

By John A. Arway, Executive Director, Fish & Boat Commission more»

Buffer In A Box & Backyard Trees Workshops April 30, May 7 In Chambersburg

April 15, 2014

Franklin County homeowners are invited to attend an April 30 or May 7  workshop to learn about the benefits of planting trees on their property and walk away with a box of native species for their own backyard starting at 6:30 p.m. more»

Buffer Planting & Festival April 26 At Wilson College Chambersburg

April 15, 2014

Volunteers are being sought to plant more than 300 native trees and shrubs along the Conococheague Creek on the Wilson College campus in Chambersburg, Franklin County, on April 26 as part of a special buffer planting and festival event.The event kicks off Trees more»

Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Recycler Magazine Now Available

April 15, 2014

The Spring issue of Recycler magazine is now available from the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania featuring stories on recycling facing new challenges, case studies in stewardship-lessons in reuse and the 2014 PROP conference sche more»

Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar In Pittsburgh May 14

April 15, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on May 14 in Pittsburgh.The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. more»

PUC Launches Mobile-Friendly PAPowerSwitch Site

April 15, 2014

The Public Utility Commission this week launched a mobile-friendly version of www.PAPowerSwitch.com, the agency’s website with information on shopping for electric suppliers, consumer alerts and information, educational videos and more.“The variable rate issue this winter has brought higher traffic to PAPowerSwitch – both overall and with mobile users – more»

DEP Awards 26 Counties Nearly $2.1 Million In West Nile Virus Grants

April 15, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday today announced it is awarding nearly $2.1 million in West Nile Virus Control Program Grants to 26 counties."These county grants ensure that mosquito populations stay in check to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus," DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. more»

IRRC Provides 19 Pages Of Comments To DEP On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations

April 14, 2014

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Monday provided 19 pages of comments to the Department of Environmental Protection on proposed Chapter 78 drilling more»

Energy Efficient Solar Panels To Power Kreider Farms’ Chicken Houses In Lancaster

April 14, 2014

Committed to establishing earth-friendly farm practices for future generations, Lancaster County’s Kreider Farms is launching a solar power project that will increase energy efficiency for its four Manheim chicken houses, which are the most state-of-the-art egg processing facilities available in the United States. more»

20 Business, Oil, Coal, Aggregate, Farm, Power Groups Oppose Act 13 Court Ruling

April 14, 2014

Monday a diverse group of 20 business, oil, coal, aggregate, farm, electric power, builder and chambers of commerce wrote to members of the Senate and House saying the PA Supreme Court’s ruling on the Act 13 drilling law and the Environmental Rights Amendment threate more»

Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 14, 2014

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students.

Delaware Watershed Advocates Seek More Water At The Right Time In NYC Reservoir Plan

April 14, 2014

A broad coalition of Delaware River advocates is urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the watershed region’s four governors to adopt a more “fair and equitable” water management plan.The four states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) and New York City subject to the 1954 ruling on how much water from the Cannonsville, Pepacton, and Neversink reservoirs is delivered to New Y more»

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